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A century ago, it was easy to tell Catholics and Protestants apart in America. Unless they are coming out of church, it's difficult to do so now. One major reason for this is the high rate of intermarriage between Catholics and Protestants over the last few generations. Is a similar trend taking place among Jews... Read More
The crony isn't just in the capitalism. It's in the alleged meritocracy, too. As nebulafox explains: After legacy admissions and affirmative action, what place for genuine merit remains? The former is an intractable problem so long as the process retains any semblance of discretion. Explicit race-norming with a Woke spin--ie, systemic oppression favors whites and... Read More
The following graph shows how American Jews perceive the importance of various things in defining what it means to be Jewish. The figures are computed by taking the percentages who rate a thing as essential and subtracting from it the percentages who deem it unimportant. The percentages indicating a thing to be important but not... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of Jewish Americans and of all Americans who perceive there to be "a lot" of discrimination against various groups: Michael Savage and his friends are about the only Jews who think evangelicals are seriously put upon. Evangelicals are the strongest supporters of Israel in the country--stronger supporters of Israel... Read More
The empirical assessment of the validity of stereotypes--or the lack thereof--is the blog's raison d'etre, so let's reclinate towards the place we began. The following graph shows how much more likely men are to say they find "slimmer women" more attractive than "chubby women", how much more likely women are to say they find "taller... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of people--by race, sex and political orientation--who say "genetic testing will do more harm than good": Fetal genetic testing during the first trimester and embryo selection during IVF procedures to screen for conditions like Down or Patau syndromes is eugenics. It's voluntary rather than coerced as many of the... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of Americans, by political orientation and over time, who disapprove of cops striking civilians who punch them: In space to destroy following the death of Freddie Grey while in the custody of the Baltimore PD, I was struck by the then iconic picture of a squad car suffering through... Read More
Black Rednecks and White Liberals part XXVIII: It's time to declare victory and come home. As is the case with flu shots, allow people to decide whether or not they want to take the jab each year or every few months or whatever the recommended schedule is. The Biden administration gets a win, Big Pharma... Read More
By selected demographics, the following graph compares whether the disease or the putative cure is perceived to be the greater threat. The figures are arrived at by taking the percentages identifying Covid-19 as a greater risk than adverse reactions to the Covid-19 vaccines and subtracting from it the percentages identifying the cure as a bigger... Read More
Triteleia Laxa gets the ball rolling on questions about cryptocurrencies: There can only ever be ~21 million Bitcoin, ergo it is by definition ultimately inflation-proof. But where are the limits on how many bitcoin wannabes can be introduced? There are already over 5,000 of them. Ethereum is approaching half of Bitcoin's market cap. A couple... Read More
From Donald Trump's swearing in January 201 through the Spring of 2020, public opinion on whether racial relations were getting better or worse in the US improved from a net worse of 65% to a net worse of just 24%. Perceived net racial acrimony was reduced to a third of what it had been three... Read More
In 2004, the General Social Survey asked respondents to identify from a list of ten the three most important personal attributes or characteristics for describing who they are. The percentages who identified "racial or ethnic background" among the top three, by, well, racial or ethnic background: One of the major objectives of Wokeism in general... Read More
All this talk about emotional exhaustion is hard for white guys who've worked rail lines, for moving companies, on construction sites and all manner of other physically demanding jobs to understand. Calloused hands, sore backs, and sweat-stained undershirts--those are the consequences of exhaustion. Or so they think. But it's nothing compared to the emotional exhaustion... Read More
Observing the horrifying behavior of a 13 year old callously taking the life of a man she didn't know in a carjacking gone wrong, songbird wonders if a little early life corporal intervention could have kept her off the homicidal path she ended up going down: Blacks are more supportive of physically disciplining children than... Read More
Support for or opposition to Black Lives Matter is now a marginally better predictor of whether a person is a Democrat or a Republican than who he voted for is: Exit polling shows 5% of Democrats and 6% of Republicans voted for Trump and Biden, respectively. But just 3% of Democrats express a negative view... Read More
Twinkie on health care: That sounds a lot like auto insurance. If companies provided auto insurance and in turn auto insurance covered oil changes and tire rotations, it'd be a lot more expensive, too. What about the relatively novel subscription model? It has exploded from nothing to hundreds of primary care facilities in the span... Read More
The grass isn't greener on the other side, it's greener right where you are: The corporate media deserves a lot of blame for indefatigably fanning the flames of racial discord as a matter of policy. Certain situations are sensationalized, others effectively ignored, and nothing is ever put in proper perspective. But this also suggests decentralization... Read More
Just one-in-four Americans following--or not following--the Chauvin case from the sidelines have suspended judgment on the outcome of the trial until the jury deliberates and presents its verdict: Sitting in judgment as a man's life hangs in the balance would be hard enough when being presented, without distraction, with the best prosecutorial and defense cases... Read More
Put voter ID up for a national vote and it will win in a landslide: Joe Biden may say it's more restrictive than Jim Crow, but almost nobody believes him, including black Americans. Nobody does because it's obviously not. Everyone knows it's nearly impossible to function in modern America without photo identification. No bank accounts,... Read More
When it comes to liking themselves as individuals, blacks come out on top and whites on bottom: If a man doesn't like himself, why should he expect others to like him? What does he know that they don't? Quoth Broken Record Man, we’re told society pedestalizes whites while causing people of color to feel bad... Read More
In terms of physical appearance, do you think you are more attractive than average, average, or less attractive than average?: The white distribution approximates a normal one. The non-white distributions display various levels of Lake Wobegon effect. We're told society pedestalizes whites while causing people of color to feel bad about themselves. The data say... Read More
Okay, the left has shifted drastically from moderate immigration restrictionism to something approaching open borders in the span of less than two decades, but the country's demographics have changed over that time, too. Immigration begets support for more immigration, and immigrants to America tend to be on the political left: Fair enough, there is a... Read More
The left is concerned about voter suppression, but the simple requirement that a voter present a valid ID at the time of voting isn't what most people, including most Democrats, perceive to be suppression: The survey doesn't provide further cross-tabulated data, but it looks like white Democrats are close to split on the question. All... Read More
Mark G. on Mick Jagger's fence: Social media speeds everything up. That slow decline has become rapid. Nothing is stable, increasingly including our mental health. Conservatives hold the line on guns and abortion. Not much else, including marijuana legalization, to 216's chagrin: The Culture Industry has condemn
In the comments of a recent post discussing support for breaking the US up into smaller countries, the familiar presumption about political dissolution being a means to the end of an ethnostate (or ethnostates). Here again is the graphic by region and by partisan affiliation: The Heartland is the whitest of the three regions (78%... Read More
If populism means championing the needs of the common man, the Republican party's transition from the oligarchy's marionette to the party of the people has a long way to go. The following graph shows which of the two major political parties, if any, people believe to be more concerned about the needs of people like... Read More
- Is the February cold snap climate modeling's stagflation? Probably not, but expertise from the comment section is thanked in advance for explaining why. Are there supposed to be days of record breaking low temperatures across huge swaths of the North American continent if the center of the temperature distribution is accelerating its movement towards... Read More
Racists are the neo-liberal establishment's biggest boogeymen. Communists are the right's biggest boogeymen. Because the neo-liberal establishment has a lot more influence in the modern West than the right does, racists are the worst thing a person can be. Even in the midst of The Great Awokening, though, a majority of Americans oppose censoring them:... Read More
Apropos recent remarks about how conservative whites will increasingly come to wield civil rights legislation as an aegis against systematic oppression against them, consider two current events germane to the subject. The first has garnered a lot of attention--gone "viral" as they say: But, but, it's whiteness, not white people per se! POCs can fall... Read More
Even Californians shot down a proposition to allow institutions more latitude in using race to make hiring, firing, and acquiring decisions. If immigration was the electoral $100 bill lying on the sidewalk in 2015, opposition to race preferences is the one lying there today. Support for it is limited primarily to blue checkmarks and their... Read More
Apropos a discussion in a recent comment thread regarding political orientation, race, and intelligence, let's take a look at what the GSS offers us. We'll use the Wordsum test. Wordsum is a ten-question vocabulary test with results that correlate with IQ at .71--quite rigorous for the social sciences, but of course not perfect. For one... Read More
A hobbyhorse around here is documenting instances of Thomas Sowell's Black Rednecks and White Liberals phenomenon at work. Briefly stated, it is the tendency for white liberals to be on one side of a cultural issue with blacks and white conservatives on the other side of it. Here's another addition to that index: Because the... Read More
Average (mean) support for a person to "end his or her own life" across four unfortunate life circumstances, by race: GSS variables used: RACECEN1(1)(2)(3)(4-10), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), SUICIDE1, SUICIDE2, SUICIDE3, SUICIDE4
The following graph shows net support (opposition) to "the US government doing more to fight domestic terrorism" by selected demographics: Nearly twenty years ago, Republicans, flush with corporate cash, waged a war on terror while ignoring the perceived systematic civil rights violations perpetrated against groups like gays and immigrants. That war created countless terrorists and... Read More
In a previous discussion thread a question about the racial dimension of homelessness. Here are the US rates per 10,000 people by race as of 2019: Men comprise 70% of the US homeless population. As the tragic Pacific Islander figure suggests, Hawaii has the highest rate of homelessness in the country. At the risk of... Read More
Black Americans think the arc of history has been bending away from justice for generations: They must think Jim Crow was bad but Jim Snow is even worse! Okay, that's probably not it.
The inverse relationship between fertility and educational attainment is more pronounced among people of color than among whites and more pronounced among women than among men: When it comes to educational attainment the inverse correlation with fertility is barely detectable among white men, while it is quite pronounced among non-white women. If hypergamy is real,... Read More
The following graphs show the mean number of children by frequency of religious worship service attendance. The survey period covered is from 2000 to 2018 covering adults aged 30 through old age, so TFRs are higher across the board than they are among people in their reproductive primes today: There is nothing to the color... Read More
From the latest wave of the World Values Survey completed between 2017 and 2020 comes percentages of residents by country who say "people you meet for the first time" can generally be somewhat or completely trusted (N = 127,596): Country %Trust 1) Denmark 75.3 2) Sweden 73.9 3) Netherlands 71.6 4) Norway 67.7 5) Finland... Read More
From the newspaper of record comes concern that older, affluent whites will try and elbow their way to the front of the vaccine line, pushing non-whites to the back of the proverbial bus yet again: Hey, Lipsitch, Gould, and Schmidt are the names
The percentages of people who believe more than 1 million Americans have died of Covid: Stoking hysterical fears in young, poor, politically disconnected women of color? For shame, media, for shame.
Unfortunately the latest iteration of the World Values Survey does not include responses to this question from either India or China, but it does sample 48 countries. Hong Kong and Taiwan are among them. They presumably shed some light on how the Han feel about open borders. They're opposed. The following table shows the percentages... Read More
Net support for the Black Lives Matter movement among voters from the national exit poll: Is the position of blacks as first among equals in the POC ascendancy turning Hispanics away? Even among Hispanics who voted for Biden, an astonishingly high percentage reported having an unfavorable view of BLM: That is not the artifact of... Read More
The generational gap is a red herring, at least politically. It's largely an artifact of racial differences by age cohort in the US: Younger generations are less white than older generations. That's why younger generations vote left and older generations vote right. White millennials vote like their grandparents do. Not like their grandparents did when... Read More
I do not think it means what you think it means: It's almost as if putting all your focus into doing well by the people who didn't elect you while neglecting those who did isn't the most effective reelection strategy in the world.
The seventh wave of the World Value Survey, covering the years 2017-2020, is out. The following table presents a survey-exhaustive ranking of countries by the percentages of respondents, by country, who said they would not like to have neighbors "of a different race" than their own (N = 125,098): Country %NeighborNotDiffRace 1) Burma 70.4 2)... Read More
The following graph shows the change in Donald Trump's advantage or disadvantage against his Democrat opponent by various demographics from 2016 to 2020. In 2016, Hillary Clinton had a one-point edge among those aged 45-64. In 2020, Trump has a one-point lead over Joe Biden among that age group. The change is thus represented in... Read More
In Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman describe how the Establishment creates a softly coercive consensus using the combined power of corporate media, DC think tanks, and the military-industrial complex. By laundering information through this vast network, the system is able to fabricate perceived realities at odds with reality itself. Future president Kamala Harris... Read More
In the previous post on interracial and intersexual homicide distributions in the US, Kratoklastes and Buzz Mohawk point out these distributions deal with absolute numbers, not rates. By rate, blacks are 11.4 times more likely to perpetrate interracial homicide than whites are, and others--a mishmash category including Asians, American Indians, and many people of mixed... Read More
The FBI breaks offenders and victims down into three racial categories--White, Black, and Other. Most Hispanics are consequently included in the White figures while Asians, American Indians, and people of mixed race are amalgamated into the Other category. All figures exclude homicides in which the race or sex of the offender is unknown: While whites... Read More